With Mark Del Vecchio in 1981 he founded Garth Clark Gallery in New York, Los Angeles and briefly London and Kansas City. He founded the Ceramic Arts Foundation in 1979 and was its Director until 2005. An active speaker, Clark has spoken on five continents in thirty countries at over 100 major venues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to the Sorbonne University, Paris. Next year he will be in Europe on a lecture tour taking him to Ireland, Britain, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, France and Italy as CFile’s ambassador. He has just completed two books, Mind Mud: The Conceptual Ceramics of Ai Weiwei and Lucio Fontana Ceramics.
Garth Clark is the Editor-in-Chief for CFile’s publishing projects, journal and news magazine. Irving Blum, the pioneering contemporary art dealer who launched Andy Warhol, Ken Price and Andrew Lord’s careers calls Clark “ceramics’ great clarifier.” The Mather Award jury of the College Art Association (Clark was the 2005 award winner) wrote that his writings “have shaped thought about the field of ceramics and indeed the field itself.” A hydra-headed force in the field, Clark has received many honors; Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, several honorary doctorates and lifetime achievement awards, the “Art Book of the Year” award from Art Libraries Society of North America, medals from the Independent Publishers Association and others. He is author of over sixty books and several hundred reviews and essays.